Incredible Years Parenting Class

27 Jan

Families Information, Resources, Support & Technology, or F.I.R.S.T., has been offering classes at the YWCA. The YWCA’s New Choices Program provides childcare during these classes.

Here is some information from the F.I.R.S.T. website:

The Incredible Years parent training intervention is a series of programs focused on strengthening parenting competencies (monitoring, positive discipline, confidence) and fostering parents’ involvement in children’s school experiences in order to promote children’s academic, social  and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems. The Parent programs are grouped according to age and F.I.R.S.T. is using the BASIC Early Childhood (2-5 years) training which is facilitated by two experienced trainers.

The next Incredible Years Parenting Classes will run for 14 weeks and will build on weekly skills of developing positive approach to discipline. The program will be offered at the YWCA of Asheville on S. French Broad Ave., starting February 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 and running to end of May.

child-with-puzzle1We start by discussing importance of building relationships through the use of play. This may be basic for some parents who are already doing this, but gives ideas on what to say to a child during play and how to use play time as teaching opportunities. We will also cover using praise and positive reinforcement strategies as a tool for decreasing behaviors, in addition to discussing effective limit setting and learning techniques to manage misbehavior associated with tantrums, aggression, biting, defiant behavior etc… Also, a lot of the class will involve discussions with other parents as to the challenges they have, how they handle them, while the facilitators listen and provide guidance. There will be video segments that are watched that show real parent/child interactions to use as a base for discussions and teachings. Each week there will small amount of homework to do, usually hands on practice with a child and small amount of reading.

There are no special requirements for you except to register, call 277-1315, and show up! Hope to see you in classes! Parents and children must be registered for classes, childcare and dinner.

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